5.25.2011

Shoe 911 - Help!

Lovely readers, I'm at a loss. I leave for New Orleans soon and I'm planning to bring my green seersucker dress and the yellow and white shift dress I'm currently working on (Simplicity 2584) but can't find any shoes to wear! I'll be doing a lot of walking so I need something very comfortable but of course, I want them to be pretty too. My DFH suggested I wear Keds (for comfort and their washability - we hear the streets are very dirty). I don't quite know that I'm ready to go back to the 80s though.

I know you all must be more fashion savvy than I am. Any suggestions? x
5.24.2011

First Impressions: Calphalon Unison Nonstick Set

Calphalon Unison 10" Skillet and its 8" little brother in back
Last month, you may have seen a Tweet of mine, sharing a great deal on a set of two (8" and 10") Calphalon Unison Nonstick Pans from Williams-Sonoma. The set was so popular, as it was so reasonably priced, that when I ordered mine, it was on backorder. I finally received mine last week and have already used the 10" pan a few times.  In three words or less: I *love* it! Here's why:
5.20.2011

New eBay Items

Just a quick note: I've cleaned more items out of my closet to make may for the new ones I'm making. Some items are even new with tags - I'm bad about not returning items that don't fit.

Starting prices are low but the first listing ends in a few hours! So, stop by soon to check out the  deals. Don't forget, I happily combine shipping!

Now, it's back to sewing for me! (Two shirts, two dresses, six days... can I do it!?)

Happy Friday all!
5.19.2011

Summer Lashes

With summer just around the corner, it's time for a fresh and natural take on makeup. One item I recently switched-out is my mascara.

For hot summer days, it's best to go minimal (and waterproof!). Of course, mascara is hands-down the one makeup item I cannot go without (seriously, it would be on my "deserted island" list) so to tone it down, I switch from 'blackest black' to 'brownish black' which is close to my natural lash color. This year I chose Maybelline Define-a-lash Lengthening Mascara in *Waterproof* Brownish Black. At only $6, this little green tube does everything one could want for summer - defines, darkens, and lengthens without a clump to be found!

To use: Curl your lashes first by looking up to get each lash in the curler then, look down and crimp lightly to get right next to the root. Apply mascara wiggling from root to tip as many times as desired.

Pair it with a subtle shadow and a hint of brown eyeliner, bat your ridiculously long lashes and everyone will think you just wake up looking pretty! I won't tell if you won't! x


5.16.2011

Flat-felled Seams: French Seam Style v. Cut & Folded

I am currently working on my third button-front shirt (reviews to come) and I have begun experimenting with flat-felled seams. They are the seams one generally finds on the inseam of jeans and on the shoulders of dress shirts. They are sewn two to three times (depending on the technique) and offer more strength and stability than a traditional seam.
5.10.2011

Caldrea Stainless Steel Spray

Yesterday, while daring to paruse through TJ Maxx (I told myself if the Duchess can shop there, so can I, right?), I spotted crisp looking silver bottle that seemed to call my name. It was Caldrea's Stainless Steel spray in Herbs de Provence. Not happy with my current cleaner, I read the description: "Refresh your senses with the sunny, savory fragrance of a kitchen garden in Provence. Complimentary notes of lavender, lily of the valley and mint evoke the easy charm of the south of France." Sounds nice, right?
5.08.2011

McCalls 4440 Sew Along?

I've noticed a lot of traffic recently to my seersucker and paisley dress posts so I had an idea. How many of you would like to make one for a sew-along? Admittedly, I'm still a beginner so, I wouldn't say I'd be teaching anyone how to do it. I do experience with the pattern though, so I could answer questions and I'll post plenty of pictures.

I've never done a sew-along before but they sound like fun! I just happen to have fabric selected for view C that I'm planning to whip together in June. Anyone interested?


5.04.2011

Long Distance Mother's Day Treats

Unfortunately, living eighteen hours away from our families, my fiance and I can't be with our mothers this Sunday. So, we wanted to send them something special so they know we're thinking of them.

When the Harry & David catalog arrived last week, we had an idea. My new NordicWare pan, with its hearts and floral shapes could create the perfect themed treats! But, what could we (I) bake in it that could survive the mail? We settled on mini-brownies with little "refreshing" Andes bits because they're less fragile than many baked goods and they typically last longer.

I packaged them into cute floral Easter boxes (which I picked up after the holiday for half-off) and set the visible two in place with toothpicks. Then, I actually wrapped them in brown paper and tied white ribbon around them. How cute! Of course, I had "My Favorite Things" stuck in my head for the remainder of the day.

Happy [early] Mother's Day! x



Eta: My Mom *loved* the brownies (yay!). She said they were a pleasant surprise! (To try them yourself, check out Martha Stewart's Brownie Cupcakes and substitute 8 oz Andes bits for the optional 8 oz course chocolate.)